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Thursday, March 30, 2017

California

 








Hello! 

This will be a short post but I wanted to give you all a quick update: I arrived in California! I am only here for a few days and I plan on soaking up every single moment. The sunny weather feels incredible and the air smells like flowers - very refreshing after several cold and cloudy weeks in Iowa! This morning I ate a delicious breakfast and spent time editing photos by the pool. 

Hopefully I will have some more time this weekend for a longer post. Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday :) 

Love, E 


Monday, March 20, 2017

Healthy Food Haul


Hello - and happy spring! 

I hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine and warmer weather! Temperatures in Iowa reached 60 degrees today and I took full advantage. I ran in shorts and a tank top. Then I did some spring cleaning. After emptying out the fridge and pantry (I'll spare you the unappetizing details), I felt inspired! So I went grocery shopping for some healthy options. 

I enjoy eating healthy food all year, but I definitely eat more fruit and vegetables when the weather is sunny outside! Pasta dishes, pizza and many cups of hot chocolate overwhelmed my diet in the winter months. I blame the colder weather. All I want when I collapse on the couch after class is a creamy, warm Italian dish capped off with some chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven. They are warm, melty and gooey. 

Mmmm...my mouth is watering. 

However, now that the temperatures are warming up, I prefer fresh produce and lighter dishes with plenty of vegetables. I made a list and purchased a big variety so I wouldn't feel bored or stuck. I included the list below, in case you are also feeling inspired! 


My grocery haul: Bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, lemons, tomatoes, avocados, onions, carrots, kale, strawberries, garlic, hummus, black beans, garbanzo beans, rice, bread, oatmeal, mac and cheese, peanut butter, honey, tuna, sardines, chicken, eggs, milk, coffee, green tea and trail mix. 

For dinner, I made rice topped with sautéed onions and kale and then ate some sardines on the side. Yes it's an odd dinner, but something simple like fish and rice sounded really good. I added some heat with the Sriracha.  



I think it's supposed to rain most of the week but until then, I'll be enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. 

Happy healthy eating and thank you for reading! :) 

Love, 



Friday, March 3, 2017

We Made Brunch Before The Weekend




Hello! 

I realize it's a late. However, I wanted to write about my wonderful Friday morning with my friend Heidi. We scheduled an Erin/Heidi day on Monday, so I looked forward to this all week. 

We ran four miles in the sunshine on a trail near her house, followed by the ultimate brunch! Every moment I spend with Heidi usually includes food and I absolutely love it. She is a culinary science major and is constantly scheming up delicious recipes that she develops on her own. She studies, creates and photographs anything food-related.

So, I was not surprised that she dreamed up the best egg scramble in the span of five minutes, and then promptly brought it to reality in less than ten. She whisked up some eggs, added a bit of cream, goat cheese, bell peppers, and jalapeños - seeds and all, of course. We never skimp on spice. Then, we topped it with fresh parmesan. 

I picked up chocolate croissants from The Cafe restaurant on my drive over. I wanted something flaky, buttery and sweet - and they did not disappoint! 

I'm still kicking myself for not taking pictures of the croissants. They were truly beautiful with their golden, chocolate-drizzled crust. Picture this: puffy pastries with a decadent drizzle. 

Ugh, now I'm just getting even more mad writing about. 

Anyways...thank you Heidi for such a wonderful end to the week and start to the weekend! I can't wait for our next brunch date. 




Happy weekend everybody! Thank you for reading! 

Love, 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Making the best of a cold situation


Hello again! 

We are so close to Friday - only hours away! But that's not the only reason I'm excited. I looked at the forecast for Iowa today, and oh man the future is looking good. Nothing sounds better than warm temperatures and sunny weather. My boyfriend flew to Florida today and texted me pictures of boats, dolphins and a stunning sunset. AND my sister goes to school down there, so she sent me pictures of palm trees all winter. Trust me, it's complete torture. 

Since I couldn't sit on a beach in my swimsuit today, I took advantage of a snowy morning in the best way possible. First, I went to class and then did some work at Starbucks in the comfiest outfit I could think of. I wore my favorite sweater from Express and a scarf from Statement Boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota - a cozy gift from my boyfriend's mom! 

Some of my favorite looks I wore this winter were variations of the outfit above. I enjoyed wearing casual, yet pretty pieces paired with athletic wear and a practical ponytail. It's a comfortable outfit that still looks appropriate for class on lazy days. 




As promised, I tried another sample from the goody bag my professor gave me yesterday. I tossed the Arbonne Ultra-Hydrating Hand Creme into my bag as I left for class. I picked this sample in anticipation of the dry, cold weather. 

My hands felt soft for an hour or so after using and I applied it several times during the day, so it wasn't a one-time fix. However, I liked it and I am keeping it in my bag for the next few days. You can find it on their website here: www.arbonne.com.  


I hope you have a wonderful evening! Thank you for reading! :)

Love, 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Getting my life together


Hi again! 

With only one class and no track practice, today was a great opportunity to catch up on school work and check off several errands. I can finally breathe and it feels so good! It's been a crazy couple of weeks. I competed in two track meets, completed several school projects, took two exams, caught some sort of sickness and had a wonderful visit from my parents - thanks Mom and Dad! 

Despite all the fun, the non-stop schedule took its toll on my body. It started out with just feeling sleepy during the day, but after only hours I quickly identified the signs that always emerge when I'm not functioning at a high level. I listed mine below. I suggest you think about yours too so you know when to take care of yourself! 

1) I don't text, email or respond to snapchats, instead I slowly drift off the grid. I'm now better at catching this early on. 
2) When someone asks a group of people a question, my response is delayed, and if someone tells a story, I'm the last to react. I noticed this last night when watching a basketball game with friends. My delayed laugh to a truly awesome story felt awkward and really uncomfortable...
3) My nail polish looks chipped and my eyebrows need some help. When I looked in my car mirror yesterday to fix my hair, I realized I hadn't plucked my eyebrows in a week. They didn't look pretty. 

To fix all of this, I went to bed early and woke up early. I made coffee and pancakes, caught up on some work and then drove to class - and lucky for me, it was sample day in fashion and beauty writing! 

We tried a variety of products for a beauty-review assignment and my professor sent us home with goody bags from Beautycounter. Specifically, we received the Charcoal Cleansing Bar, Body Scrub and Charcoal Mask. After a stressful two weeks, nothing sounded more fun than cleansing my skin, taking pictures and writing about it. 









I've never been so excited about a cleanser for its color! A black facial cleanser?! I've never seen one until today. So when I put this one on and it looked like I covered my face in wet mascara, I went with it. The bar felt silky and smooth and after a quick rinse, all of the black color was gone. 

After the cleanser, I applied the mask. Even though my face resembled a chalkboard, I liked how my skin felt afterward. Overall, my favorite was the cleanser. I loved how refreshed my skin felt and the black color really made me feel like a badass. 

I haven't tried the body scrub yet, but I'm excited to try it tomorrow. It smells very sweet and lemony, like candy! I'll keep you posted on my thoughts with some of these products. 

Here is a link to the Beautycounter site: http://www.beautycounter.com/
Also, word on the street is that this company recently released several beauty items at several Target locations. 

Hope you all are having a great night! Talk soon! :) 

Love, 



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Grateful and Thriving






Hello again! 

Sorry for the long time in between posts! I've been busy trying to nail down my routine for 2017 while I balance school and training. Each semester it takes a little time to feel organized and put-together on a daily basis, but I'm really excited to get back into blogging. Creating something energizes me in a way that nothing else can! 

Today I want to share my go-to method for feeling happy and positive, even in the most stressful times. It's simple, I promise, and it doesn't cost money - score! 

Here it is...

Take the time each day to express gratitude. Be grateful. Say thanks. 

When we are grateful, we see things in the present. We see what is working in our lives to get us where we wish to be. Suddenly it is obvious who is helping us and doing good, and we are no longer blind to the opportunities in front of us. 

Saying thanks helps switch negative self-talk to positive thinking. Our minds are sharp, our bodies are strong and our uniqueness is our greatest strength.  

Feeling grateful helped my confidence. Suddenly my support system was clear, I had resources for help and opportunities where I could achieve my goals.  

What do we have to lose? When we realize and appreciate the good in life, anything can happen and everything is possible. Just say thanks and see the magic! 

Here are some tips: 

1) Journal! Personally, I keep a notes page on my phone and write a quick positive message when I have the opportunity. Usually I write these when standing in line at a coffee shop or watching Netflix. 

2) Show appreciation. Tell someone how much they mean to you and send thank-you notes to those who went out of their way for your benefit. My professors taught me this. 

3) In the best of times and the worst of times, say thanks! If we are thankful for the good, it will keep the positive energy alive. Likewise, saying thanks in a bad experience helps us witness the strength we gained and how we grew as a person. 

Naturally, for this post I included pictures with my sister in the mountains of Colorado. I'm always grateful for family and any time spent at home.







Thank you for reading! What are some of the things you're most grateful for? Comment below! :)

Love, 



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

True Love



True love is simple. It is the act of being completely honest with ourselves about the people we love and what we love to do. This past weekend I had a birthday and turned 22 years old! I reflected a bit on how I've changed this past year. In short, I am happier than I've ever been.

For much of my life, I focused on the outcome - specifically, on the future. People described me as ambitious and hard-working. I had big, lofty dreams and I was stressed out each day trying to get there. If anything happened that put me backwards a couple steps, I felt so frustrated. Sure, I had some moments that felt great and were the perfect result I dreamed about. However, I spent the majority of my time stressing out about it.

If we focus intensely on one thing, it becomes our reality. For me, this was the future and my perfect outcome.

I didn't see all of the good that happened day-to-day. and I certainly didn't see any of the unique opportunities presented to me. I established my future in my head and ran towards it at full-force. Anything that grabbed my attention I considered a "distraction," and thought it was holding me back from my dream.

Then, this year, something changed. My mindset switched from the future to the present - and when it did, some amazing things happened.

I couldn't sleep because I was so excited about the next day. This happened every single night, even if  I had nothing planned.

I didn't feel the social anxiety when talking to new people. I knew I liked talking and connecting with others, so I went for it and didn't worry about it anymore.

I decided to take my phone off silent so I could hear a text or call coming in, and started responding back. My relationships grew stronger and became more honest.

I loved writing and followed several bloggers, so I decided to start my own blog and write as much as possible.

Instead of spending all my money on organic food, I began buying nicer clothes because I love style and fashion. Even the smallest happiness has power. Don't mistake it for something insignificant! Following what makes us happy and acting on it every day completely changes our reality.

Then we can live, love and enjoy our life!






Love, E